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Ed BurghardThe Strengthening Brand America blog category is to be a forum where economic development professionals and marketing professionals can share their experience with and thoughts on place branding so as a community we have a better appreciation for how to successfully apply the principles for job growth and economic prosperity.

The From the CEO category is to be a forum where I can share thoughts on successful reapplication of private sector product and corporate branding principles in place branding.

Six Characteristics Of a High Performance Board of Directors

November 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

Governance is not management.  Governance provides guidelines for management. Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash I was recently asked for thoughts on what makes Boards successful.  This is a challenging subject, although there is literature exploring the question.  To respond, I reflected on my time as Board Chair of an not-for-profit NGO and subsequently the […]

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The Case For Writing

July 20, 2018 at 12:39 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about. Quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash One thing I have observed is the increasing reliance on text messages and emails is driving a decline in actually creating well thought through documents.  I may be “old school”, but I believe […]

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7 Tips to Help You Successfully Answer a Question From Management

June 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,, | Category: Leadership

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Have you ever been giving a presentation in a meeting and froze up when Management asked you a penetrating question (or maybe a question you really didn’t understand)?  It happens to everyone.  But, people who master how to answer questions effectively tend to be the […]

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12 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

June 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye. Quote attributed to Dorothy Parker Creativity is hard to define and even harder to manage.  Often when we think of creativity we think of people like artists, musicians, poets, designers and playwrights.  They all seem to have a magic spark that allows them to transform the […]

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How To Get Results

June 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

Doing Things Is Not The Same As Getting Things Done Quote attributed to Jared Silver The key difference between capability and performance is application.  There area lot of capable people, but unless they apply their skills to actually achieve results their performance will be underwhelming.  Nothing is more frustrating to an Organization than a highly […]

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Ambition – Asset or Liability?

June 2, 2018 at 11:18 am, by Edward | 2 Comments | Tags: ,,,, | Category: Leadership

Be so good they can’t ignore you. Quote attributed to Steve Martin Ambition is definitely a two edged sword.  When I was a manager, I always looked for ambition in my direct reports.  I wanted to see a thirst for knowledge and a desire for increased responsibility.  But, I also looked for the ability to […]

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Civic Illiteracy Threatens The America Dream

March 8, 2018 at 3:14 pm, by Edward | 2 Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership, Strategy

The American Dream is personal, not public or institutional, in its execution. Attributed to Michael F. Ford It is frustrating to read articles in which the author misrepresents the American Dream.  It is equally frustrating to listen to politicians who refer to the American Dream in speeches, but have no clue what it really is. […]

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Understanding The American Dream

March 2, 2018 at 2:48 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

With so much diversity, we have to bond to a common sense of what we’re trying to achieve. You have to understand what the common enterprise is. You have to understand what the common aspiration is. And I think we’ve lost sight of it. Condoleezza Rice   PBS has just released a new production entitled […]

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Elected Officials Need To Focus More On Enabling The American Dream

January 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm, by Edward | 2 Comments | Tags: ,,, | Category: Leadership, Strategy

“The American Dream is inextricably bound to America’s ideals of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all Americans.  … The American Dream is part of our soul.  Without it, America will lose its vitality.” attributed to Roger Fortin (professor Xavier University) I have been working for a number of years to increase awareness of Xavier […]

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Language Of Servant Leaders

October 7, 2017 at 10:08 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,, | Category: Leadership

The role of a  great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them. Quote attributed to J. Buchan I have been a fan of the servant leader paradigm since my initial exposure to Stephen Covey early in my career.  Stephen came with […]

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